Monday, May 21, 2007

Way to go, Anna! Soccer season is finally over and they won 2 of their last 3 games. I wasn't able to be at the game on Saturday, but I was told she took several hits for the team. She blocked shots with her head, chest and leg. The shot to the chest knocked the wind out of her and she had to come out, but she was a real trooper after the hit to the head and stayed in there. I'm not sure I can handle being the parent of an athlete...

In other news, NBC nightly news did a story on LifeChurch's virtual church. This mega church is a little too progressive for me, but I can see how it can attract people. I guess if you can get them in the door and give them genuine spiritual guidance that helps them grow in Christ, go for it. However, there is something to be said for entertainment value, and I've always been concerned that churches that make it easy and fun to be a Christian are doing a disservice to it's members.

Growing up, our youth group had a disagreement because the younger members of the group were frustrated we weren't doing *fun* things like the other churches. Their youth groups were going on ski trips and traveling to other interesting places while we were going on mission trips. They missed the point of what our mission as a youth group was. Yes, we could have fun and I had a great time on many trips, but there are people in this world who do not know Christ, who have no hope and are physically and emotionally suffering. God has called us to be a light and to go into the world sharing his Word and reaching others. I guess you could do that on the ski slope as your skiing past someone or on the beach while you're catching some rays...

Back to the issue, this second church. Again, they are reaching people where they are and bringing them into a *church service* but I don't see how those who attend this church are able to serve Him in the church. I don't know what the right answer is. It's different for everybody. I just hope the ministers in this new church are able to fully meet the needs of the thousands of people they are preaching to.

2 comments:

Penny said...

That's what I've always wondered. How does a church of that size work? It just doesn't appeal to me to have a preacher on a video screen most sundays.

Dayna said...

The news story said this guy they interviewed hadn't stepped inside a church since he'd discovered Second LifeChurch. I don't understand how making it easier for people NOT to interact with others is biblical.